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Pecan Day

Date When Celebrated : Pecan Day is celebrated March 25

Ask anyone and they will tell you that today is a rather nutty day. That's because today is Pecan Day. Pecan trees are the only nut tree native to North America, and they are most common in southern U.S. While, this is a very good reason to celebrate this day, the purpose of today is to commemorate March 25, 1775, the day George Washington planted a pecan tree at his Mount Vernon estate. 

The roots of pecans run very deep. Native Americans harvested pecan trees as a source of food for perhaps a thousand years prior to the arrival of European settlers. During colonial times, pecan tress became popular with early European settlers, who foraged through the woods to find pecans. By the early 1770s, pecan trees were being grown in Long Island, New York farms. Around that time, Thomas Jefferson was also growing pecan trees on his plantation at Monticello. He had brought them up from the southern United States. In 1775, Thomas Jefferson gifted a pecan tree to George Washington, who planted it on his estate at Mount Vernon. From North America, pecan trees grew in popularity around the world. Today, pecan trees can be found growing on every continent except Antarctica.

A Little Pecan Trivia:

  • Pecans belong to the hickory family.

  • There are over 1,000 varieties of pecans.

  •  Pecans aren't technically nuts. From a technical standing they are a fruit!

  • Mature trees produce nuts every other year.

  • Mature plants produce nuts for 50-60 years.

  • The trees live up to 300 years and grow up to 150 feet tall.

  • 90% of worldwide production of pecan s come from the United States.

Celebrate Pecan Day by cracking open and eating a few pecan nuts. Also, have some pecan pie.

Today's Quote: "Health nuts are going to feel stupid someday, lying in hospitals dying of nothing." - - Redd Foxx

History and Origin of "Pecan Day":

The reason why we celebrate Pecan Day is clear ... It celebrates the day George Washington planted a pecan tree at Mount Vernon. Unfortunately, we have not yet identified the creator of this day.

This holiday appears to have been around since at least 2010.

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